IUCN Proposes ‘Green List’ of Non-Endangered, Thriving Species

The International Union for Conservation of Nature looks as though they’ll be adding a positive spin to their work: Adding a Green List of species to the existing Red List of endangered species. The Green List will highlight those species which aren’t at risk of extinction, are “fully conserved” and “that exist in ecologically significant number, interacting fully with other species in their ecosystems.”

Though it somehow sounds like the intro to a piece in The Onion about endangered species, the idea, adopted at the World Conservation Congress in Korea, is intended to highlight the fact that conservation isn’t just about saving individual species from extinction, but is also about preserving intact ecosystems.

Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Dr. CristiŠn Samper:

“The conservation community should be giving to the world a positive and proactive vision of success: Species at or near their natural carrying capacity, as integral parts of fully functional ecosystems.” (Science Daily)

As of yet, it has not been determined which species will be included in the Green List. IUCN has been tasked to conduct “an international scientific consultation process to develop consensus and rigorous criteria” prior to the actual list being created.



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By Mat McDermott, TreeHugger


Shanti S.
S S4 years ago

Thank you.

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M5 years ago

It is all about preserving intact ecosystems! The world has done a lousy job of it and that is why we have an endangered species list. Yes we should be aware of the endangered, but at the same time we cannot afford to damage any more ecosystems and therefore have even more on the endangered list.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Interesting, thank you!

Colleen Prinssen
Colleen Prinssen5 years ago

nonono. now people will think they can kill any greenlighted/listed animal. because not-endangerd means "kill all you want" even though that is not true.
(in the case of many American songbirds)

Joseph O.
Joseph O.5 years ago

Green list sounds more like a green light for hunters as we have seen with the wolf. When wolves were taken off the protected list in Wisconsin last year and this year they have started hunting them.

Joan Mcallister
5 years ago

Sounds interesting, but it worries me that they are going to put out this list of species that are not endangered, you will then get those idiot who will think that it is then okay to hunt them, just better off all around not to name theses species.

Colleen Prinssen
Colleen Prinssen5 years ago

all animals need to be considerd off limmit to kill? happy times leaving your house when termites take over.

that is why we have apartments made of brick.

save the animals. live in stone houses.

Colleen Prinssen
Colleen Prinssen5 years ago

good. because some animal lovers think "not endangered" means "no protection" and either have a personal feeling or do not have logic knowledge in the diff between sustenance hunting and poaching.

to them, some artic circle dwelling whale eaters are the same as a poacher making money off of elephant ivory.

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

natalie n.
natalie n5 years ago

they should focus on saving the endangered species if not people will become complacent thinking that all's right in the animal kingdom. humans still need education to care for animals and not inflict abuse on them, and to protect the environment.